Originally Posted by kstuart
That sort of thing is discussed in the 6moons review of the AD, where it is compared to the HE6 and the LCD3 and others.
Generally, the pluses for the AD in those comparisons are the isolation and the relatively low price. If neither are important to you, then you would want to do in-person comparisons.
Actually, the 6Moons article (by Srajan Ebaen) discusses several other pluses for the Alpha Dog v. other top headphones, in addition to isolation and relatively low price. Comfort and construction quality were also big pluses, and of course, certain sonic attributes mentioned below. Though difficult to follow, the article was actually extraordinarily positive about the AD and concludes by giving the AD a 6Moons award. Here's the article:
New favorite planar and favorite closed headphone -- He stated that the AD shared, with the LCD-2, the role as his favorite planar headphone But, if one added some additional bass to the AD via EQ, the AD became his new favorite planar (above the LCD-2). He stated that "On top-to-bottom bandwidth it's now competitive with HifiMan's very best. In the treble it one-ups Audeze." In addition, he felt that he would pick the AD as his favorite closed (non-planar) headphone, replacing the Beyerdynamic T5p.
In making those statements, in the article he compared the AD with the Mad Dog, LCD-2, LCD-3, HE-6 and the Beyerdynamic T5p.
The article can be summarized as follows:
(1) Versus Mad Dog -- He felt the AD was clearly superior to the Mad Dog, like a "hi rez version of the Mad Dog"... "Same game, clearer vision, higher octave, more life and linearity".
(2) Versus LCD-2 -- The AD has a better treble though the LCD-2 has the best bass around of any hp, in his opinion. Importantly, he stated that on "airiness" the AD actually "edged out" the open back LCD-2, which he said was a "big compliment" for the AD. As such, he felt the AD and LCD-2 were about equal overall and shared the role as his favorite planar. But, if one added some EQ to increase the AD bass, then the AD wins over the LCD-2 as a better balanced hp.
(3) Versus LCD-3 -- He didn't feel the LCD-3 was an improvement over the LCD-2 overall and even had somewhat inferior bass. So, in effect, the AD wins overall against the LCD-3.
(4) Versus HE-6 -- The HE-6 is so demanding of power that, unless one had suitable amp power, you are more likely to hear the AD sound "so much better than the HE-6". Also, the treble on the HE-6 could be too bright -- "steelier and with sibilants spittier". He "favored the AD's take on it". Also, he felt the HE-6 could be "a bit drier and damped" while the AD was "a bit glossier, wetter and more generous", a sound he favored. However, wrt bass, he again, as with the LCD-2, favored the HE-6 bass. It also seemed that under certain conditions he would favor the HE-6 overall v. the AD.
(5) HE-500 - No comparison with AD but he felt in comparison with the HE-6 the HE-500 was the "better balanced effort."
(6) Audeze LCD-XC (closed) and open-backed Abyss -- He mentions them but doesn't make a comparison but they weren't picked as his "favorite".
(7) Versus Beyerdynamic T5p (which he favors sonically over the T1) -- "The T5p was pricklier. Sharper around the edges. Harder. Edgier, the planars had more suave decays to feel more fluid and texturally softer without booking those qualities with lower attack precision. Purely subjectively I'd pick the Alpha Dog."
As mentioned, a highly favorable review.
Edited by Skyyyeman - 12/6/13 at 7:20pm